Kurganets-25

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Kurganets-25
Kurganets-25 30mm gun variantKurganets-25 IFVKurganets-25 machine gun variantKurganets-25 APC
TypeInfantry fighting vehicle
Armoured personnel carrier
Armoured recovery vehicle[1][2]
Place of originRussian Federation
Service history
Used byRussian Armed Forces
Production history
DesignerKurgan Machine-Building, Kurganmashzavod[2]
ManufacturerKurganmashzavod
Produced2015
Specifications
Mass25 tonnes (28 short tons)[1][2]
Crew3 (+8 passengers)[1][2]

Main
armament
Kurganets-25 IFV: Bumerang-BM remote weapon station turret with 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, 9M133 Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, and PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun or AU-220M Baikal remote weapon station with 57mm BM-57 autocannon and 7.62mm PKMT machine gun[3]
Bumerang APC: 12.7 mm machine gun remote turret
Kurganets-25 APC: 12.7 mm Kord machine gun[2]
Engine800 hp[1][2]
Power/weight32 hp/tonne
SuspensionTorsion Bar[2]
Speed80 km/h (50 mph)[1][2]
On Water: 10 km/h (6.2 mph; 5.4 kn)[1][2]

The Kurganets-25 (Russian: Курганец-25) is a tracked, 25-ton modular infantry fighting vehicle and armored personnel carrier being developed for the Russian Army. The Kurganets-25 will evolve into various models, gradually replacing BMP, BMD, MT-LB and other types of tracked Soviet armored platforms.[4][5] The Kurganets-25 will have modular armor that can be upgraded for specific threats.[6][2]

The Kurganets-25 IFV and APC variants were first seen in public (initially with the turret and main armament shrouded) during rehearsals for the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade. If preliminary and state tests go well, serial production could begin by 2016.[7]

Design[edit]

The Kurganets-25 is designed to bring the Russian tracked troop carrier fleet up to standard with Western designs like the American M2 Bradley and British Warrior, which outclassed their Soviet Cold War BMP-series counterparts. Kurganets-25 is based on Armata Universal Combat Platform while being lighter than the T-15 "heavy IFV" based on the same and similar to wheeled VPK-7829 Bumerang. There are two versions of the vehicle: a heavily armed infantry fighting vehicle carrying 6-7 troops; and a lightly armed APC carrying 8 troops. Other variants proposed for the Kurganets include an armored ambulance, an 82 mm Vasilek mortar carrier, anti-tank vehicle, armored recovery vehicle, a reconnaissance vehicle, a command vehicle, and an armored engineering vehicle.[8] The vehicle represents a departure from traditional Russian low profile designs, having a higher floor more suited for mounted combat rather than troop carrying, which also provides better IED and mine protection. While the T-15 is expected to be deployed with T-14 tanks in armored formations, Kurganets-25 platforms will equip mechanized units.[9]

Armament[edit]

The Kurganets-25 IFV features the Bumerang-BM remote control turret with its 2A42 30 mm autocannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial PKT machine gun and a bank of two Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles on either side. The Kurganets-25 APC variant has a 12.7 mm MG RWS instead of the Bumerang-BM turret.[10]

An SPAAG version with a 57 mm autocannon and a Kurganets-25 SPG with a 125 mm are planned.[11]

Mobility[edit]

The Kurganets-25 weighs 25 tonnes.[2][10] This allows the Kurganets-25 to be light enough to be mobile on water. The maximum speed of the vehicle is 80 km/h on land and 10 km/h on water.[1][2] Both the IFV and APC variants have a front-mounted engine[10] rated at 800 hp.[1][2]

Protection[edit]

The Kurganets-25 IFV has 360-degree coverage from its active protection system launcher tubes. This APS is smaller than the one found on the T-14 Armata and T-15, but like the T-15, it's attached close the top of the hull. A two-part projectile detection system is placed on various places on the hull and turret. The Kurganets-25 APC variant, when revealed in the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, had a scaled down APS systems which were attached only to the turret. The APC variant had no APS tubes attached to the hull.[10]

Ergonomics and Crew[edit]

According to the first vice president and co-owner of Concern Tractor Plants, Albert Bakov, the Kurganets-25 uses a console similar to a Sony PlayStation gamepad.[12] It is wider than previous generations of Russian APCs and IFVs. Also, the front located engine increases crew comfort and ease of access.[10]

Variants[edit]

A few different versions of Kurganets-25 are in development.[13][14]

Operators[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "БМП "Курганец-25" - Телеканал "Звезда"". tvzvezda.ru. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  8. ^ Russia Hopes Its New Super Combat Vehicle Will Rule the Battlefield - Nationalinterest.org, 30 July 2016
  9. ^ Kurganets-25 – a new family of medium troop carriers from Russia - Defense-Update.com, 24 April 2015
  10. ^ a b c d e http://www.janes.com/article/51469/russia-s-armour-revolution
  11. ^ http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/2026563
  12. ^ http://sputniknews.com/science/20150508/1021883796.html
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  14. ^ "Kurganets-25 APC".
  15. ^ a b http://www.military-informant.com/news/8525-na-poligone-v-alabino-poyavilis-novye-bmp-kurganets-25.html
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  17. ^ "Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019 | Jane's 360". www.janes.com. Retrieved 2018-07-12.

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